Dixie Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for an Electrical Engineer. This position will be located in the Montgomery, AL office.
The Systems Electrical Engineer participates in development of long and short-range plans for service Cooperative’s electrical demand, prepares designs/specifications for system construction and upgrading, monitors load regulatory systems and make necessary adjustments, ensures all system components are properly maintained, monitors substation and demand metering systems, builds and operates Cooperative’s SCADA system, operates Milsoft, ACLA AMI and Futura systems, works with engineering consultants, as needed, conducts special projects and prepares required reports.
Develops engineering data files and information for use in planning for system changes.
Develops and maintains records of all electrical apparatus.
Completes an annual loading study of distribution transformers using data on winter and summer peak loads.
Prepares appropriate drawings, plans, and specifications for the construction of new substations and the upgrading of existing substations.
Works with consultants in designing new substations; supplies them with necessary specifications and works closely with them during design process.
Assists the Project Engineer in the design of underground facilities to serve subdivisions, shopping centers, industrial areas, and other projects as required.
Ensures clearances and code compliances.
Ensuring efficient, reliable service by monitoring regulatory systems and making necessary load adjustments as usage demands; assisting in restoring service during outages.
Monitors electrical loads at each substation to maintain a balanced loading condition on each phase; changes loads as necessary.
Monitors the substation power factor at peak load for each substation
Coordinates the replacement of or changes in switched capacitors as necessary.
Reviews all operations of circuit breakers; verifies that the cause has been determined and that any necessary corrections have been made.
Assists operating personnel in restoring service by determining when electrical loads can be served from alternate sources.
Evaluates the effectiveness and implementation of distribution automation systems.
Prepares monthly outage summaries from outage reports; assures that the probable cause of each has been determined and, if not, investigates and determines the cause
Determines maintenance needed to substation equipment; supervises or assists with performance of maintenance
Plans and coordinates changes in distribution system protective equipment; coordinates the sizing to operate properly in isolating faults.
Determines the sizing of fuse links used as protective devices on transformer banks, capacitor installations and short primary lines; assures that all operating personnel are informed of the appropriate sizes.
Plans and coordinates maintenance of line reclosers.
Obtains samples and coordinates the annual testing of oil samples from power transformers
Monitors the distribution system to maintain a minimum acceptable voltage level on all lines; coordinates changes as necessary.
Investigates and resolves voltage complaints; plans, stakes, and coordinates system changes to resolve voltage problems.
Coordinates the testing of distribution transformers for PCB levels; properly disposes of contaminated transformers and other forms of hazardous material.
Conducts annual tests on all power equipment such as substation transformers, regulators, switches, and sectionalizers
Arranges for consultant to test the condition of insulation/oil in large power equipment base on established time frames.
Maintains a record of any temporary load transfers between substations and communicates changes.
Reviews print-outs of demand meters for discrepancies.
Conducts annual inspection of instrument service (CT’s-PT’s connections) meters.
Designs and installs three phase metering equipment for new loads.
Coordinates maintenance of existing metering equipment and replaces as needed.
Updates and modifies meter connections as needed, drawing, and specifying changes in meters used for specific applications.
Advises other engineers of the type and size of meters when other than standard, self-contained meters are required.
Provides technical expertise to consumers regarding wiring, electrical equipment, etc.; may visit consumers on-site to provide advice.
Posts any changes in primary feeds or primary additions onto maps; maintains Cooperative’s mapping system; informs all operating personnel of any changes in switch and regulator locations and all line feed changes.
Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, with one year experience in the electric utility construction/maintenance environment.
A complete job description may be requested by contacting the Cooperative’s Human Resources Office. Interested individuals must apply online. Click or type the following link to apply:
All applications must be submitted no later than close of business on June 2, 2023.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
Dixie Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Dixie Electric Cooperative is one of the fastest growing electric cooperatives in Alabama. As a member-owned electric utility, we are owned by those we serve. Unlike an investor-owned utility that is in business to make a profit for investors and shareholders, your cooperative is a non-profit organization.
We operate under the cooperative business model that is based on seven principles:
1. Voluntary and Open Membership — Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Member Control — Cooperatives are controlled by their members — those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
3. Members' Economic Participation — Members contribute equally to, and control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
4. Autonomy and Independence — Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.... If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information — Cooperatives provide education and training for members, trustees, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
6. Cooperation among Cooperatives — Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community — While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.